Family and friends make the 2019 Kentucky Special Olympics a success

The Kentucky Special Olympics were hosted in Richmond over the weekend. | Photo by Tim Webb

RICHMOND -- More than 1,500 athletes and hundreds of coaches and family members participated in stirring competitions during the 2019 Special Olympics State Summer Games at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond.

Cumberland Valley Electric and other Kentucky's Touchstone Energy Cooperatives once again proudly sponsored the games, which took place from May 31 - June 2. The Summer Games included competitions in track and field, swimming, rhythmic gymnastics, bocce and flag football.

More than 90 co-op friends and family volunteered, making it an unforgettable day.

"Each year, we are inspired by the strength and determination of the competitors," said Rich Prewitt, member services director. "They demonstrate courage and compassion. We are proud to support the athletes and the communities we serve."

The state Summer Games are the Kentucky Special Olympics' largest competition of the year. This year celebrated 25 years of competition at Eastern Kentucky University. Each athlete qualifies through participation at a regional or area-level event.

Athletes and attendees were treated to tethered hot air balloon rides, courtesy of Kentucky's Touchstone Energy Cooperatives, in Olympic Town on Saturday morning.

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